Former Hoosier Bellamy dies at 74

Half of Famer Walt Bellamy was one of the best IU basketball players of all time.

Walt Bellamy, a former Indiana basketball player and NBA Hall of Famer, passed away Saturday. He was 74.

Bellamy, who played at Indiana from 1958 until 1961, averaged 20.5 points and 15.5 rebounds per game in his IU career. He was the top overall pick in the 1961 NBA Draft by the Chicago Packers and played in the NBA until 1974. Bellamy played for the Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Jazz.

Bellamy was a four-time NBA All-Star, and an NBA Hall of Famer.

"The Atlanta Hawks family is saddened to learn of the death of Walt Bellamy at the age of 74 earlier today," the Hawks said in a statement. "The Hawks and the National Basketball Association have lost a giant. As an Olympic gold medalist, the first overall pick in 1961, Rookie of the Year in 1962, a four-time All-Star and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, his on-court accomplishments were overwhelming. Off the court, he was equally impactful as a family man, leader in the community, mentor and friend to many." Top Stories